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Saturday, January 12, 2008

WHO AM I?

Me, as Persephone.

Who am I? A friend was asking me why I have a different name on my blog. The name says "Wynn Bexton". And why didn't I change it? "Because,"I said, "that's my other name!" Well, actually, it's my pen name. However I've come to really like that name and don't mind at all if people call my "Wynn". After all, it's actually a Welsh name, kind of a derivative of my real first name "Winifred". And "Bexton", which surely has Saxon roots, was my mother's maiden name.
I chose "Wynn Bexton" quite some time ago as a great name to use for writing and publishing historical fiction. So, that's my other name, and I'm sticking with it!

I do have other personas, besides the 'real' me, though. Because I'm a Gemini, I'm allowed to have more than one, actually several. Since I was a child I always loved costumes and pretending to be other characters. When I was a teen, I considered using the name "Cam Alexander" as I thought that sounded cool. Nobody loves it more than me when there's a chance to dress in a costume and assume a different role. I've put up pictures of me dressed as a few of my favorites here on my blog. I wish I had the photo of me as "Miss Piggy". That was a hoot!

Me, as Jack Kerouac

The first picture on this page is me as Persephone, the Earth Mother. My writer's group often has these theme weekends when we go away for writer's retreats. That one was the Rites of Spring. I really liked playing Persephone and think she suited me.

This next picture is me as my writer-hero, Jack Kerouac. This was a retreat where we got to dress like our favorite literary hero and read from his/her writing.
And actually I adopted this 'costume' as my writer's garb and often wear it, especially the little black cap which has become a sort of my signature. I have one of my Jack Kerouac photos up on Facebook and another writer friend of mine says I should use it for the cover of my novel when it's published.


Me, as a pirate. Aargh, Matey!

This third picture is me as a pirate. I am certain that in another life I was a pirate or a gypsy. I've always been intrigued by these characters. And the life I lead is a rather gypsy/pirate sort of life (well, I don't plunder and raid, but I do travel a lot and I am fond of exotic destinations.) When I was a kid I was fascinated with pirate stories, next came Robin Hood, then Zorro. So when we had a Pirate's Weekend on one of our writer's retreats I jumped at the opportunity to dress up like one of my storybook characters. Aaargh, matey!
(I must add that this weekend was one of the most memorable we've ever had. We even had a search for buried treasure!)

Well, who am I anyway? I'm a kid at heart, a gypsy - that's for sure - and a true romantic/adventurer. I'm also a mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend to many - young and old. I'm a writer and a dreamer, sometimes an artist, and a singer. Once I wanted to be a jazz singer, but I mostly sang in church. I'm a lover of jazz and Latin music and classical too. I listen to music constantly. I love to dance and wished I could have been a ballerina. Once I studied flamenco dancing too. I love words and books. I love travelling and I'm a travel journalist. I love life. And I'm glad I'm ME.

Who am I, really? I have several names, "Wynn Bexton" is one of my favorites. I'm also known as
Ruthaki (my Greek nickname), Ruthita (by my latino friends) and Ruthie (by my friends.)
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